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 2016-17 Christ School Basketball Season Opens

Anticipation is high as the Christ School basketball season kicks off with a home game against Legacy Charter School on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

The schedule for the 2016-17 season is the most difficult the program has ever seen, with six games scheduled against FAB 50 teams (a preseason list ranking the best 50 high school teams in the country) and three against teams ranked in the top 10 in the nation. The lineup includes defending National Champion Oak Hill Academy (1/27), National Runner-Up La Lamiere (2/4), and #8 ranked Hamilton Heights (2/3).  “I have always been a huge believer in playing the most competitive teams we can find,” says Head Coach Scott Willard. “I know our kids are excited and up for the challenge.”

The Greenies, who were 23-8 last season, fell in the 3A NCISAA State Quarterfinals to High Point Christian. They look to improve on their up-tempo success this year. “This is one of the deepest teams I have ever coached. It is because of this depth that we can really look to push the tempo this year,” Willard says.

Can’t make the game? Tune in to our live stream!

Christ School Theater Competes at NCTC

On November 4, 2016, Christ School Theater competed in the North Carolina Theater Conference Regional High School Play Festival (NCTC). They performed two pieces, a cutting of the comedy Greater Tuna by Ed Howard, Jaston Williams, and Joe Sears, and an original one act entitled Green, written for Christ School Theater by local playwright Travis Lowe. Green is set in a sci-fi dystopic world where citizens are given a treatment that stops their bodies from aging at young adulthood. When the group of lads meet up after work at their regular watering hole, a pub next to a monkey house at the zoo, they are joined by a newcomer whom they welcome with jokes and stories. As the “boys” get to know each other, they discover that things are not what they seem.

At the competition, Greenies won an award for Excellence in Comedy for Greater Tuna and an award for Excellence in Set for Green. “It was a great opportunity to be with the larger high school community and see other theater departments’ productions,” says Director Mary Dillon. “The boys had fun and learned a lot. I was very proud of our performances.”

For its winter production, Christ School Theater will perform Agatha Christie’s classic And Then There Were None.

Greenies Win Rivalry Game 47-16

On Saturday, October 29, 2016, Christ School won its seventh straight game of the season, beating Asheville School 47-16. This was the 90th game of a rivalry that dates back to 1911. Although the overall series leans in Asheville School’s favor, Christ School holds a 24-19-2 edge since 1971 in the fight for the Fayssoux-Arbogast Trophy and has won The Game five times in a row. Including playoffs, this marks Christ School's seventh consecutive win against the rival school.

Quarterback Drew Johnson '17, who went 22-30 for 321 yards and five touchdowns, became a 2,000-yard passer for the second consecutive year in Saturday's win. Defensively, the Greenies had 6 QB sacks, while Seth Griswold '18 had 11 tackles and a fumble recovery. The team now turns its attention to the NCISAA Division II playoffs.

The Greenies go into the playoffs as the second seed. South Lake Christian Academy, who was intially scheduled to play Christ School on Friday, November 4, has forfeited the first playoff game. Christ School's next playoff game will take place on Friday, November 11 at 7:30 p.m. on Fayssoux Field.


Greenies Face Asheville School in 90th Rivalry Game

On Saturday, October 29, 2016, Christ School and Asheville School will face off in the 90th Game of a rivalry that dates back to 1911. Kickoff is at 1:30p.m. on Fayssoux Field.

"The Game is more than football, it's the culmination of a full week of activities that bring the Christ School community together," says Athletic Director Scott Willard. "We're excited to host Asheville School and play the 90th game in a manner that honors our alumni and the tradition that this event has earned."

The week preceding the Game is marked by a series of activities, including a Talent Night on Wednesday evening, a bonfire on Thursday evening, and the Parent Council Tailgate on Saturday before the Game. After the Game, Greenies will attend the Homecoming Dance. The invitation-only Angelus Society Dinner also takes place on Saturday evening. View the full schedule of events here.

"This is a huge game. Our guys are used to playing in this type of atmosphere," says Head Coach Mark Moroz. "After playing against Robbinsville on TV earlier this year, our guys know what its like to play in big games and they are ready for it." 

Christ School holds a 24-19-2 edge since 1971 in the fight for the Fayssoux-Arbogast Trophy, with Asheville School holding an overall winning record of 50-35-4. This storied game is the oldest high school football rivalry in the Carolinas, including all public or private schools.

Christ School and Asheville School were both founded in 1900 and first played football in 1911, with Asheville School winning 84-0. After a seven-year break, the game was next played in 1919. The game has been played uninterrupted since 1933. In 1971, the Fayssoux-Arbogast Trophy was introduced to honor the longtime athletic directors of each school: Richard Fayssoux of Christ School, who served from 1920-1966, and B.H. Arbogast of Asheville School, who served from 1930-1967.

This year, the Greenies come into the Game with a record of 7-1, averaging 41 points per game and giving up just over ten points on the defensive end. Offensively, the Greenies are quarterbacked by Drew Johnson '17, who has thrown for nearly 2,000 yards with 24 touchdowns to just four interceptions. His top targets are Jared Letman-Gash '17, who has 11 receiving touchdowns, and Keyvaun Cobb ’18, who leads the team with 46 catches, 482 yards, and 6 scores. The running back "thunder and lightning" combo of Sage Holley '17 and Kokayi Cobb '17 (7 touchdowns a piece) have made the Greenies as viable on the ground as in the air.

Defensively, the combined 180 tackles of linebackers Seth Griswold '18, Carson Jones '18, and Sage Holley '17, have kept running backs in check while Tyler Redmond ’17 (26 tackles, 3 INT’s) and Keyvaun Cobb '18 (25 tackles, 3 INT’s) keep quarterbacks guessing.

"This team has been amazing to coach," says Moroz. "There are no selfish players. They do whatever is best for the team."

Can't make it to the Game? Follow us on twitter and watch our live stream of the event. Go Greenies!

Parents' Weekend 2016

Parents' Weekend is Friday, October 28 – Saturday, October 29, 2016! The weekend is packed full of fun events. What’s your preference?

Academic Progress. Parents and their sons have the opportunity to schedule private conferences with teachers.

Tackling the College Process. Understand Naviance and the college financial planning processes by attending one of two sessions in Pingree Theater or the College Guidance Office on Friday. 

Social Events. Mingle with parents and faculty at the Headmaster’s Cocktail Reception Friday evening at 5:15 p.m. in the Patrick Beaver Student Center.  Join hundreds of students and their families at the pre-game Parent Council Tailgate Party on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00p.m.

School Spirit. Cheer on the Greenies at The Game, the oldest high school football rivalry (public or private) in the Carolinas. This will be the 90th meeting between Christ School and Asheville School!

View the full Parents' Weekend 2016 Schedule

We look forward to seeing you there. Go Greenies!

 May 12-15, 2016: Christ School Theater Presents Lord of the Flies 

Christ School Theater is proud to present Lord of the Flies by Nobel Prize winner William Golding, adapted for the stage by Nigel Williams. This play, not often produced in the United States, is directed by Mary Dillon with Artistic Direction by Sarah Baldwin.  Lord of the Flies runs May 12-15 at Pingree Theater on the Christ School campus.  Performances begin with a matinee on Thursday, May 12 at 4:30. Evening performances are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 7:30 pm.  Admission is free and open to the public.

William Golding’s classic novel, a potent allegory about the loss of innocence and the decline of civilization, is brought to dramatic life in Nigel Williams’s adaptation. A plane evacuating people from mass terrorist attacks on U.S. cities crashes on a deserted island. The only survivors are a group of schoolboys. By day, it’s a tropical paradise of sun and sea; but each night, their dreams are inhabited by a terrifying beast.  Myth and nature combine in a dynamic exploration of power, democracy, and the struggle between good and evil that exists within us all. Lord of the Flies brings up many issues central to the lives of today’s adolescents – peer pressure, bullying, gang rivalry – in its depiction of reason versus chaos.

The strong ensemble cast features Daniel Beale as Piggy, James Turley as Ralph, Trevor Murrah as Jack, Preston Coleman as Simon, Townshend Budd as Roger, Belk McDill as Bill, George Janvier as Maurice, and Alejandro Arguindegui as Henry.  Joining the cast from off campus are three young actors, Eli Dowler and Wilton Graves from local Cane Creek Middle School, and Clarke MacDonald, homeschooled.  All are 7th grade students who will attend Christ School next year as 8th graders.

The theater artists and technicians bringing this island world to life are led by Ms. Sarah Baldwin and include Chris Schiebout, Daniel Zhang, Braxton Poole, Max Dressler, and Thomas Bolick.  A new team that just formed this spring, the Journeymen, helped construct the set and solve design challenges.  This group of students led by Mr. Ben Dowling and Mr. Ross Weathersbee built the elaborate set in just two weeks.

Due to the graphic and violent subject material parental discretion is advised for young children.

For more information, call 828 684-6232.

Miller Kaderabek '18 Makes Senior US National Olympic Team 

Miller Kaderabek ‘18 has made the Senior US National Olympic Team after coming in third two weeks ago at the U.S. Olympic Trials. Just one weekend later at the U.S. Junior Championships, Kaderabek and his teammate Wes Bolyard finished with the gold medal in C2 (Tandem Canoe). He will compete in the Junior World Championships in Krakow, Poland this summer. Miller is a Headmaster’s Scholar and maintains a 4.34 GPA.

Though he is young, he is unafraid of his older competitors. This summer, along with teammate Wes Bolyard, Kaderabek traveled to London to race in a sport normally dominated by Europeans. Kaderabek more than held his own, but humbly shared that he could have finished better, stating that greater focus could have brought a better result.
            
Just two weeks ago at the U.S. Open, he finished 2nd in K1 (Kayak) and 4th in C2. “The season basically just started, but competing this summer gave me some much needed experience. I took a bit of time off to play Football this fall, but I still train off-campus about five to six days a week. Since January, we’ve raced every two weeks and will continue to do so until August.”

Kaderabek got his start at the age of seven when he recreationally kayaked at the summer camp High Rocks in Cedar Mountain, NC and fell in love. One day when kayaking at the Whitewater Center, he was recognized and encouraged to get a coach and pursue kayaking competitions. “Everything went from there. It has been a great experience so far. I have had quite a bit of help along the way from 2012 Olympian coach Eric Hurd as well as coaches Sam David and Lee Leibsardh." After 2.5 years of serious practice and focus, the opportunity to compete has presented itself. 

Though unable to compete in the 2016 Olympics, Kaderabek has set his sights on Tokyo in 2020. “It would be crazy! The Olympics are something that everyone watches, but you never think that you could be one of those people. Elite human beings from around the world come together to get the Gold. It would be an amazing experience. The Olympics are a once in a lifetime opportunity for an athlete, and I hope I get the chance.”

In Christ School’s storied athletic history, there have been quite a few excellent competitors, and even a gold medal, when Mason Plumlee '11 won a Gold for team USA in the World Championships. However, if Kaderabek can pull it off four years from now, he would be the first to represent the United States in the games. “Christ School has been incredibly flexible with my schedule. I spend quite a bit of time travelling and competing. They are the only school who has been supportive of my goals. It means a lot.”

Miller Kaderabek '18 Competes in U.S. Olympic Trials

Every four years the world’s greatest athletes come together to compete in a test of courage, will, and heart to see who is the fastest or strongest person on earth. This summer, Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympic Games. Swimmers like Michael Phelps and runners like Usain Bolt will challenge themselves potentially for the last time in the Olympic format. Yet, while those athletes take their Olympic curtain calls, if not for the age restriction, one Christ School student-athlete would attempt to take the stage for the first time. Miller Kaderabek ’18, who came to Christ School as a freshman, will spend this weekend at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte competing at the Olympic Trials. 40 of the nation’s top paddlers will compete in a two-day Kayak/Canoe slalom facing off for five slots on US Olympic team for the 2016 summer games.

Now, while Kaderabek will contend for the title this weekend, at the age of 15, he will be too young to secure a spot on the team that travels to Brazil. “Of course I am disappointed I won’t have a chance to make the team and represent the USA in the Olympics, but this race determines the Senior US National Team, so it is still incredibly important. Not only that, but the following weekend is the Junior US National Team Tryouts (Under 18) and I hope to make that too.” Though he is young, he is unafraid of his older competitors. This summer, along with teammate Wes Bolyard, Kaderabek traveled to London to race in a sport normally dominated by Europeans. Kaderabek more than held his own, but humbly shared he could have finished better, stating that greater focus could have brought a better result.

Just two weeks ago at the U.S. Open, he finished 2nd in K1 (Kayak) and 4th in C2 (Tandem Canoe. “The season basically just started, but competing this summer gave me some much needed experience. I took a bit of time off to play Football this fall, but still trained off-campus about five to six days a week. Since January, we’ve raced every two weeks and will continue to do so until August.”

Kaderabek got his start at the age of seven when he recreationally kayaked at the summer camp High Rocks in Cedar Mountain, NC and fell in love. One day, when kayaking at the Whitewater Center, he was recognized and encouraged to get a coach and pursue kayaking competitions. “Everything went from there. It has been a great experience so far. I have had quite a bit of help along the way from 2012 Olympian coach Eric Hurd as well as coaches Sam David and Lee Leibsardh. After 2.5 years of serious practice and focus, the opportunity to compete has presented itself."

Though unable to compete in the 2016 Olympics, Kaderabek has set his sights on Tokyo in 2020. “It would be crazy! The Olympics are something that everyone watches, but you never think that you could be one of those people. Elite human beings from around the world come together to get the Gold. It would be an amazing experience. The Olympics are a once in a lifetime opportunity for an athlete, and I hope I get the chance.”

In Christ School’s storied athletic history, there have been quite a few excellent competitors, and even a gold medal winner in Mason Plumlee for team USA in the FIBA World Cup. However, if Kaderabek can pull off roster spot four years from now, he would be the first Greenie to represent the United States in the games. “Christ School has been incredibly flexible with my schedule. I spend quite a bit of time travelling and competing. They are the only school who has been supportive of my goals. It means a lot.”

If you are up in Charlotte this weekend and you are looking for something to do, look no further than the U.S. National Whitewater Center, where the best paddlers in the U.S. get ready for a life-changing few days. While you’re up there take the chance to check out Greenie paddler Miller Kaderabek who may have USA across his chest in just four short years. 

This from the Asheville Citizen-Times: http://www.citizen-times.com/story/sports/high-school/hshuddle/2016/02/14/greenies-wildcats-win-caa-championships/80372498/

ASHEVILLE - Sometimes it can be a forgotten concept, but Christ School reminded everyone Saturday what team basketball looks like.

The Greenies looked like a well-oiled machine on their way to a 72-53 win over Asheville Christian Academy to claim the Carolinas Athletic Association boys tournament championship.

“I think our best is when we’re just playing together. Our basketball team is such a close-knit group of guys, we just know the strength that each other plays to like what we are good at and what we’re not good at,” said Christ School senior John Fulkerson.

Fulkerson, who has signed to play for Tennessee, and Christian Nichols led the Greenies in scoring with 17 points apiece.

Fulkerson was named to the All-CAA team and was named the conference player of the year. Nichols received all-conference team honors as well.

It was a back and forth affair to start, with Christ School leading 20-18 after the first quarter.

In the midst of a Christ School run that gave the Greenies a 42-31 lead going into halftime, things seemed to get a little heated when Fulkerson received a technical foul for getting in the face of ACA senior Jordan Shepherd after a ferocious put-back dunk.

“John (Fulkerson) stepped up as he always does, but you don’t know how he’s going to handle this moment given that he’s going to Tennessee and I thought he played like an SEC player,” said Christ School coach Scott Willard.

The shots continued to fall for Christ School in the second half with the Lions never able to cut the lead to more than eight points.

“It was a good competitive game. Our kids played really hard. Their kids played really hard,” said ACA coach Andy Ray. “They shoot the ball well and they don’t foul. It’s hard to beat a team like that. Their size makes it difficult on you. They’re a really good basketball team. They’re well-coached and great kids. It’s fun to play in that kind of game, win or lose.”

Chris Clayton and Shepherd who were named to the all-conference team led ACA (19-7) in scoring. Clayton finished with 24 points while Shepherd added 15 points.

This was the third time the teams had met this season so both teams knew what to expect from one another, Willard said.

“It’s obviously two very talented teams. This is the third time we’ve seen them so we’re both scouted pretty well on each side,” Willard said. “We defended well and handled their zone well. We’re starting to get used to these rims and shoot it well. We went to our horses and they came through in clutch moments.”

One of those horses was Christ School junior Matt Halvorsen, who finished the game with 16 point points, including four 3-pointers. Halvorsen was also named to the all-conference team for the Greenies.

“Sky’s the limit for Matty Halvorsen. He stepped up today and shot it well and got to the line,” Willard said. “He’s playing like a Division I caliber player which is definitely going to help us get some wins.”

The goal for Christ School, from day one, has been to win the conference, said both Halvorsen and Fulkerson.

“It feels great. It’s our second goal of the year, to win the conference tournament. The first was to go undefeated in conference. We have all been saying we’re two for two. It feels really good for us.”

Next up for both teams are the state playoffs.

“It’s been a good season. We’re headed into the 2-A state tournament. We’re going to be a four, five or six seed,” Ray said. “Those guys are headed in to the 3-A state tournament and they’re going to be a top four, five or six seed. Hopefully we will both go and do well.”

Being able to achieve their goals so far gives the Greenies a lot of confidence heading into the playoffs, Fulkerson said. A key to success will be staying together and not giving up no matter what, he said.

Halvorsen gave an emphatic answer to what will be the biggest key to success for Christ School moving forward into the playoffs.

“Defense. Whenever we get stops, it helps us in transition. That’s when we’re at our best,” he said.

As the winter snow melts and the temperature rises slightly, we begin to shift away from the Indoor sports. With the wrestling and basketball seasons coming to an end, we apprehensively head out in to the Western North Carolina wind to watch Lacrosse, Baseball, Golf, Track and Tennis. Yet, the same excitement we have for increasing appearances of sunshine, Kyle Luce has for his announcement to play tennis next year at Millsaps College.

Millsaps College, located in Jackson, Mississippi has an excellent tennis program, one that finished 16-4 last season. When asked why he chose Millsaps, Luce said “Playing college tennis has been a dream of mine since I was little, so I am so happy that my dream is coming true. I am choosing Millsaps because I really felt a connection to the other guys on the team. The team dynamic is a very important thing in tennis and Millsaps had the best team chemistry of any that I had visited. One of the things that stuck me most about Millsaps was that it has a lot of similarities to Christ School, I have loved my time here so finding someplace with similar characteristics just made it feel like the right fit.”

He cites the Millsaps College coaching staff as a large pull towards to the school. “I am extremely excited about the coaches that I will have at Millsaps. Coaches Box and Pjevac do a great job connection with their players and are dedicated to the development of the whole person. I am also excited to continue my education at Millsaps which boasts a strong political science department and a strong Latin American studies program. Political Science is my intended major so finding a college with a strong political science department was important to me.”

Luce, has participated in nearly every varsity tennis match since arriving to Christ School during his sophomore year and has been a starter since. He won most improved at the completion of his sophomore moving from #6 to #3 last season. With the #1-2 players having since graduating Luce looks to take on a greater leadership role with the goal of leading the team to the playoffs.

With just one season before graduation, Luce is ready for a great final semester, but wants to recognize those who have an impact on his career. “I want to thank Christ coaches Vaughn and Daubert and my club coaches Hector and Paul. My teammates have been incredibly supportive as well. But more than anything, I would like to thank my parents.

 

 

 

 


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